The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless



The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless L Infinito Sicuramente La Pi Strana Idea Che Gli Umani Abbiamo Mai Concepito, Un Enigma Che Assilla La Nostra Specie Dalla Notte Dei Tempi Perch , Sottoposto A Qualsiasi Operazione Matematica, L Infinito Resta Infinito Fisici, Astronomi, Matematici, Ma Anche Poeti E Romanzieri Hanno Attraversato I Secoli Affrontando Con La Ragione O Con La Fantasia Queste E Altre Domande, Tentando Risposte E Offrendo Congetture, Senza Mai Scalfire Veramente Il Fascino E L Inesauribile Mistero Di Quella Strana Grandezza, Al Limite Del Concepibile Eppure Intimamente Radicata Nella Mente Umana.In Questo Accattivante E Insolito Saggio John D Barrow Ci Conduce In Un Viaggio Avventuroso Su Questi Impervi Sentieri Alla Ricerca Delle Pi Fantastiche E Geniali Teorie Concepite Da Scienziati, Matematici, Filosofi E Teologi Per Rispondere Alle Infinite Sfide Che Il Concetto Di Infinito Lancia All Intelligenza Umana.

10 thoughts on “The Infinite Book: A Short Guide to the Boundless, Timeless and Endless

  1. says:

    As I started studying Calculus and it made me a lot curious about the nature of infinity We take these limits of functions to get the derivation process, we look at area with integration by summing infinitely small pieces under a curve, and then we look at the divergence and convergence of a series with limits to see what these things do at infinity Then, to top it off, I had my mind further blown by discussing infinite dimensions in Linear Algebra Needless to say, I had infinity on my mind However, I wanted a informal book to read to pass the time Studying the formal texts is fun, but can get tedious Barrow s book The Infinite Book is exactly what I was looking for Don t worry, if you re not a mathematician you can still grasp the general concepts discussed in this book One of the great aspects of this book is that Barrow brings through a bit of the history of infinity With that in mind you take a walk through the history of infinity and how it touches human curiosity Natural he makes reference to Zeno s Paradox I m actually getting sick of reading about this, it feels like just about every math book I read discusses Zeno Don t get me wrong, it s definitely relevant Anyway, some of the interesting stuff comes when he gets to discussing Cantor s history I found this utterly fascinating and Cantor did some impressive work with infinity Naturally Barrow ups the ante as t...

  2. says:

    Well, the good thing is, I managed to finish this book in a finite amount of time At one point it looked unlikely.Its not a bad book at all in fact its quite good , but its a book written by a mathematician, with the assumption that mortals readily understand the meaning of words like topology and singularity The only places where the book loses its grip is where the author succumbs to this trap.Having got that out of the way, there are a number of things I liked about this book First and foremost, it attempts to structure and explain the latest attempts by science to answer the question Is our universe infinite Of course it does nt answer this and other large questions conclusively, but it certainly opens up new areas of thought.I also liked the fact that the question of infinity is approached from various perspectives namely scientific, theological, and mathematical While some might argue that such an approach is logically inconsistent, I enjoyed the experience There are certain parts of the book which diverge to speculative areas like time travel and immortality which I liked, but I can understand the grouse that a purist might have with this approach.While I give the book a three star rating, this is merely a reflection of my limitations in understanding some of the heavier technical concepts the...

  3. says:

    Argomento affascianante ma ostico.Abbastanza semplice e comprensibile la scrittura.Ci sono punti che proprio non capisco, ma complessivamente molto ben scritto.

  4. says:

    A fantastic book covering the endless scope of infinity This is my first book of John D Barrow and I m looking forward to reading his other books He covers a diverse range of topics related to infinity and the arguments for and against it from both a mathematical sense as well as a physical sense A good book for amateur knowledge gatherers with referenc...

  5. says:

    Uff, super knjiga Dosta polako se triba citat, ali je jako zanimljiva i sve je lipo obrazlozeno Ako ne sve, onda sam vecinu toga razumila jer je bas citljivo napisano. Zadala mi je novih misli i bacila skroz drugaciji pogled na neke stvari sta je super

  6. says:

    Barrow is at his best when rooting himself in mathematics and cosmology I was less enthused by the lengthy digressions on time travel and identity.

  7. says:

    A comprehensive explanation of different paradoxes infinity brings us It may be not a book for scientists, but it surely is for us amateurs of knowledge.

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  9. says:

    An interesting book that defines infinite and explains some mathematic paradoxes Easy to understand for the most part.

  10. says:

    Review taken from my blog,The Virtuosos.Infinity What is it What is it not Why should anyone care about something so intangible For many people infinity is just a word that they ve been taught means, without bound forever bigger than anything beyond comprehension It s usually associated with mathematics, especially math of a higher order, like Calculus And it seems intuitively familiar despite an utter lack of understanding for the most part.Barrow takes the everyday view of infinities because, as you ll learn, there are different types of infinity thank Georg Cantor for that I m serious and meticulously attempts to teach us where we re wrong and where we re right He illustrates just how much we aren t built to accurately register, mentally, the nuances of such concepts As a passing example, what happens when you add any two numbers together We all know that That s easy You get a sum, a finite sum One that yu can, theoretically count up to The same rule applies to the other major mathematical operations division, subtraction, multiplication However, what if I asked you to add a finite number to infinity Or subtract a finite number from infinity Whatever the operation, the outcome will be the same we ll still have inf...

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